Actress Lisa Robin Kelly Dead at 43 (VIDEO)

TMZ reports that actress, Lisa Robin Kelly is dead at age 43. Fans of the 90’s FOX comedy, That 70’s Show may remember Lisa as Lauren, Eric Forman’s (Topher Grace) older sister. She only appeared in 50 of the 200 episodes, according to IMDB.

The actress died in her sleep Wednesday night at a rehab facility in California. Kelly’s agent told TMZ that she had just voluntarily checked herself in for treatment for alcoholism and was “determined to clean herself up.”

Like many former kid actors, her adult years hadn’t been easy.

The agent tells us, “She had been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle.”

Sources tell us Lisa had been in and out of rehab centers hoping to kick her alcohol problem … and most recently fell off the wagon after a huge dispute with her estranged husband Robert Gilliam.

Sources say … Kelly’s estranged husband beat her last May to obtain residual money from her show. He was convicted of domestic battery last month and sentenced to 3 years probation. He also served 35 days in jail for the beating.

Lisa filed for divorce from Gilliam back in July.

We’re told Lisa’s new boyfriend brought her to rehab again on Monday … but she went into cardiac arrest late Wednesday night and could not be saved.

The boyfriend blames her estranged husband for the relapse.
Kelly had been troubled for the past couple of years — she was arrested at least 4 times in the past 3 years for DUI, spousal abuse and assault.

Besides “That ’70s Show,” Kelly had appeared in several TV shows and movies including “Amityville Dollhouse.”

Lisa’s character was  a college coed that lived away from home much of tghe time. During season 3, Lauren left for beauty school, and didn’t return to the show until season 5.  In 2003, Lauren was replaced with another actress, apparently due to her drinking problem.


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  • Bugme Nomor

    It was a hard 43. I feel sorrow for her family.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Wish I could say I was surprised, but sad to hear none the less.

  • Axxxel

    don;t know her but that was a sad life… hope she had some highlights as well… Nice boyfriend ! Still sad if someone passes away at a young age…

  • stillcrazy2195

    IMHO alcohol is the most lethal drug available in our culture… Heroin and cocaine may get more negative buzz in the media but they dont have lethal withdrawals as does alcohol (and benzodiazepines too- structurally similar to alcohol). Very sad to hear of her death…. Addiction is an equal opportunity disease- no respecter of race creed gender social status etc…

  • Bugme Nomor

    Heroin is pretty lethal. A friend’s sister spent over a decade as an addict. Her husband, who introduced her to the drug, died of an overdose.

    Here’s an article about one county in Maryland that has had 6 overdose deaths since June 14:

    Here’s another that says 58 people have died in Bergen County, NJ this year from overdoses:

    Why alcohol withdrawal is so dangerous, from the NYT:

    “In regular and heavy drinkers, the body compensates for the depressive
    effect of alcohol by ramping up production of a number of hormones and brain chemicals, like serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine. When a person suddenly stops drinking alcohol, the body becomes flooded with abnormally high levels of those chemicals.

    ‘Alcohol chronically consumed in high quantities is like pressing
    down on a coiled spring,’ said Dr. Haroutunian. ‘When you abruptly stop drinking, you release that force and the spring goes ‘Pow!’ There is
    this massive unopposed excitatory chemical release which affects all
    areas of the body.'”

  • stillcrazy2195

    Definitely agree with the lethality of street drug use period. My comment was directed to the withdrawal process as my understanding was that she died while in acute alcohol withdrawal. Heroin withdrawal may make an individual want to die, and cocaine withdrawal may make an individual fear trhey arent gonna die but just continue to hurt like that forever- it is much more likely that an individual will actually die from alcohol withdrawal. I am so not trying to be argumentative; I just have strong opinions in this as this topic is personal and hurtful to me. Peace out!!

  • Bugme Nomor

    I didn’t take issue with your statement about acute alcohol withdrawal. I even quoted the NYT in support of it.

    I spoke up because I felt your opening statement that “alcohol is the most lethal drug available in our culture” might encourage someone to give heroin a go if given the opportunity.

    Alcohol is the “most lethal” because it’s widely used and the way people act while under its influence sometimes leads to deadly outcomes. But it’s not inherently more lethal because of its structure.